Dearborn Co. Teen’s Duck Wins Grand Champion At State Fair
By Mike Perleberg
Emma Gutfreund holds up a grand champion banner next to Indy, judged to be the best commercial duck at the 2017 Indiana State Fair. Photo provided.
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – A Sunman-Dearborn Middle School 8th grader has raised quite the spectacular duck.
Emma Gutfreund’s 4-H project duck won Grand Champion Commercial Waterfowl at the Indiana State Fair last week.
“I kind of just didn’t really realize it at first when my mom texted me. I didn’t realize I won something that big. I just kind of thought you get a ribbon and that’s it, but I found out it was a big deal and I was freaking out, yelling at all my friends and everything. I was so excited,” Emma, 13, recalls.
Named Indy, the pekin duck has been raised by Emma and her family from birth. They feed Indy, put him in a barn at night, and let him out with other animals during the day.
“Our whole family put a lot of work into making sure the duck stayed alive, had food, water, and a pool to swim in,” Gutfreund says.
How are ducks judged at the state fair? Emma’s mother, Christi, says champion ducks are chosen for their plump-ness and the amount of meat the animal can provide. But the family does not have plans to turn Indy into dinner. He is still roaming their West Harrison farm.
Emma is pretty good at raising quality ducks. Last year, she won grand champion for her commercial duck at the Dearborn County 4-H Fair. She’s had numerous projects entered at the Indiana State Fair over the years.
Emma Gutfreund is a member of Stateline Roadrunners, SAfE and Junior Leaders with Dearborn County 4-H. She has completed 76 projects in just five years participating in 4-H, according to her mother. Emma is the daughter of Fred and Christi Gutfreund.